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Boosted Up!

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Boosted Up!

Hello! This past Tuesday, I got my updated Moderna booster and flu shot in tandem. While I am SO happy to have received both to continue to do my part in keeping others safe, I will say that it was about a bitch lol. I reacted pretty poorly to both the second vaccine and the first booster so I’m not sure why I expected this one to be any different. I’m also not sure why I scheduled it smack dab in the middle of the work week SMH!

For about three days, I experienced a lot of fatigue, aching joints, and soreness at the injection site. It honestly felt like someone took a hammer to all of my joints, especially around my pelvic area. Not only did I deal with the aches and pains but, come evening time, I had the chills. Then, it would transform into a fever and I would sweat all night in my sleep. I have hair dye all over my pillows and sheets to prove it. Double SMH!!!!

When Johnny and I got our second vaccine, he had to keep reminding me that this was better than having Covid and I had to keep reminding myself of that this time around. While that’s easier said than done, it would do everyone well to think of it this way. After having a rough go of it post vaccine, I could not even comprehend having unvaccinated Covid. In fact, when Johnny and I did finally get it this past Christmas, we experienced no symptoms whatsoever because of our vaccines and boosters.

I have read several articles where the side effects from the boosters and vaccines are a huge deterrent from getting them. And coming from someone who has had such bad reactions, I truly get it. However, I’ll continue on with every additional installment because it’s important to do so. Johnny and I have so many high risk people that we love and we are terrified of getting them or complete strangers sick. This alone makes every two or three days of feeling downright awful worth it every time.

As the weather gets colder and gatherings move indoors, it is so important to get yourself vaccinated and boosted as well as following Covid protocols. If you are worried about it, you can take some comfort in the fact that you more than likely won’t experience as horrible side effects as yours truly. Let’s all continue to do our part to keep ourselves and others safe!

How did you react to your Covid vaccines and boosters? Are you team Moderna or Pfizer? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

It Works If You Work Out

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It Works If You Work Out

Hello! I wouldn’t call myself the most physically active person on the entire planet. However, I feel like I’ve been getting in much better shape this summer and, I’ve gotta say, I feel GREAT! It also makes sitting on the couch after a long day that much more rewarding lol. We all need that sedentary time to recharge!

To start my day every morning but Sunday, I do one hundred and thirty push ups. This is something that I am very proud of because I could barely do twenty-five last April. I began incorporating this into my routine to help ease some of the pain in my upper body that I acquired when Johnny and I were in a car accident. I can’t say it helped in that regard but it did make me feel good to try something new.

What started with twenty-five would increase whenever I felt ready. It was a slow process and by August of last year, I could only do fifty. It was exciting to add even a few extra when I could, though. Within a year and a half, I added one hundred and five push ups to my morning routine. I do eighty in a row and rest, then I do fifty more. Although it’s tiring, my day just doesn’t feel right without it.

This summer, I also began working with a young man who loves to play outside. For two and a half hours per week we hike and play soccer and pickleball. When we first started working together, I literally thought I was going to keel over after our sessions. Fast forward to a few months later and I wish we had more time to enjoy the outdoors together!

One final thing that I’ve incorporated into my increasingly active lifestyle is several walks per day with the family dog, Archie. My parents currently have a lot going on and I wanted to make sure they didn’t have to worry about one extra thing. Almost every day of the week, I take Archie on two long walks/runs.

This all began last month and we start out at a run and then slow down to a walk when I need. Every day, I notice that I can keep running a little bit longer than I could before and it feels like a big achievement. I know that Archie loves it and I do too! It has brought our bond closer together and it keeps us both in tip top shape!

None of these improvements in my lifestyle happened over night. Some took over a year and others took several months and weeks. But, as I sat back and thought as I wrote this, it feels like a huge accomplishment. I can do so much more than I ever thought possible and it’s nice to look and feel my best!

What is your favorite form of exercise? Do you have a pet that helps keep you active? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Exercise Safely With These Tips

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Exercise Safely With These Tips

Exercise is, of course, really good for you and something that you should do regularly if you want to be as healthy as possible. However, if you are not careful it can also prove to be harmful to you, especially if you are not taking the appropriate steps to mitigate those potential harms. Exercising safely is one of those things that you need to know about if you are going to look after your body properly while getting fit. Let’s take a look at what you should do while working out:

Warm Up & Cool Down:

Warm ups and cool downs help you to avoid suffering any injuries as a result of using your muscles too quickly or too much. This will help your muscles to be more limber and more likely to actually work as they are meant to. If you are able to do this right, then it’s going to make working out more comfortable and less likely to harm you, and that is what we are aiming for here.

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Care For Your Muscles:

You need to make sure that you are caring for your muscles, especially if you are going to be doing a lot of exercise and if some of it is quite rigorous. If you are planning on doing a lot of muscle-building, in particular, you need to ensure that you are properly looking after your muscles in your daily life. One thing that can help is to make sure that you are getting a regular massage therapy session booked in, as that will help to remove the knots in your muscle and all of that tension.

Take It Slow:

Although you might be keen to progress as fast as possible, it is important for your body that you are taking things fairly slow and easy. If you push yourself too hard, you are only going to find that you end up causing yourself harm, so that is something that you will obviously want to avoid doing. Taking it slow is one of those things that you can easily do if you want to, and you will find that you really make a huge difference this way.

Understand Your Limits:

Again, you might be keen to try and break through your limits, but you still need to respect them in their own way too. Understand where your limits are and push forward at a steady pace. You should find that this helps to keep your body safe as you exercise and will limit the chances of suffering any injuries.

Working out works when you are doing it right. Respect what your body needs and you will achieve a work out routine perfect for you!

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Start Living Healthier With These Tips

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Start Living Healthier With These Tips

Health is wealth. This proverb could not be more accurate, especially in today’s society. With so many processed foods and pollutants in the air, it can be challenging to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, by following some simple tips, you can make strides towards a healthier you. This blog post will give some of the best tips for living a healthy life:

Eat a variety of foods:

It is important to eat a balance of healthy foods to get all of the nutrients your body needs. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein in your diet. Processed foods are often high in unhealthy fats, sodium, and sugar. They can also be low in essential nutrients like fiber and vitamins. Limiting your intake of processed foods to maintain a healthy diet is important. Healthy eating habits can help reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Get active and stay active:

Regular physical activity is important for maintaining a healthy weight, reducing the risk of chronic diseases, and improving overall health. Adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week. This can be achieved by doing 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week. Some examples of moderate-intensity activities include brisk walking, swimming, or mowing the lawn.

Physical activity doesn’t have to be boring! There are many enjoyable ways to get active that can fit into your lifestyle. For example, taking a dance class, going for hikes with friends, or playing tag with your kids are all great ways to get moving while having fun.

Get enough sleep:

Sleep is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Getting enough sleep can help improve your mood, reduce stress levels, and promote overall physical health. Most adults need between seven and eight hours of sleep per night. However, some people may need more or less depending on their age, activity level, and other factors.

If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you can do a few things to improve your sleep habits. Creating a bedtime routine, avoiding caffeine in the evening, and keeping a relaxed and comfortable bedroom environment can all help you get the restful sleep your body needs.

Manage stress:

Chronic stress can take a toll on your mental and physical health. Some helpful coping mechanisms include exercise, journaling, deep breathing, and spending time with loved ones. If you are feeling overwhelmed by stress, it is important to seek professional help from a therapist or counselor. Alternative remedies like yoga, meditation, natural products (medicinally) such as Delta 9 Gummies, and aromatherapy can also be helpful in managing stress.

Visit your doctor regularly:

Regular doctor visits are essential for maintaining good health. These appointments provide an opportunity to receive preventive screenings, discuss any health concerns, and update vaccinations. It is recommended that adults visit their primary care physician at least once every three years for a physical exam. Additionally, women should have a well-woman exam with their gynecologist every year. Men should also see their doctor regularly to discuss any health concerns and perform preventive screenings.

Making small changes in your lifestyle can significantly impact your overall well-being. Get started with these tips today!

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Taking Care Of Yourself Post Pregnancy

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Taking Care Of Yourself Post Pregnancy

After nine months of pregnancy and the exhausting journey of childbirth, it’s important to take care of yourself too. You need to heal your body, which will usually take about six weeks. And you also need to recover from all of that emotional chaos both during and after pregnancy, which can be a bit more complicated.

This postpartum period is vital for your health and well being and for your baby’s health. It’s a time to focus on you and your needs. So in this blog post, we’ll share some tips on how to take care of yourself after pregnancy. But first, let’s talk a bit more about what to expect during this postpartum period:

What Happens During the Postpartum?

During the postpartum period, you will experience many changes in your body. You will likely be tired and may have trouble sleeping. You may also have mood swings and feel overwhelmed. All of these are normal reactions to the stress of pregnancy and childbirth.

Your body is going through a lot of changes, too. Your hormone levels will drop, which can cause you to feel moody or anxious. You may also have trouble with your digestion and may experience constipation or diarrhea. It’s essential to listen to your body during this time and to take things easy. Try not to do too much at once and give yourself time to rest and recover. You can also experience postpartum hair loss, which is normal and usually temporary, but if the problem persists, you should consult a female hair loss clinic.

Let’s check out some more tips:

Get Enough Sleep:

This one is easier said than done, especially if you have a newborn at home. But it’s important to get as much sleep as you can. Try taking naps when your baby naps and go to bed early if possible. If you can’t seem to get enough sleep, talk to your doctor about it.

Eat Healthy Foods:

You need to fuel your body with healthy foods so that you can have the energy you need to take care of yourself and your baby. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. And make sure to drink plenty of water.

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Exercise:

Exercise is important for your physical and mental health. It can help you to lose pregnancy weight, improve your mood, and give you more energy. Start with gentle exercises and build up as you feel able.

Take Time for Yourself:

It’s essential to take time for yourself, even if it’s just a few minutes each day. Do something that you enjoy, and that makes you feel good. This can be anything from reading a book to taking a bath.

Get Outside:

The most important thing we always tell people to do for themselves after pregnancy is to get outside. Fresh air and exposure to sunlight do wonders for a moody atmosphere.

Connect with Other Parents:

One of the best things you can do for yourself after pregnancy is to connect with other parents. Meeting other parents can give you a sense of community and support. It can also be a great way to learn about parenting and get advice from others who have been there.

See Your Doctor:

It’s essential to see your doctor for a postpartum check-up six weeks after you have your baby. This is an excellent time to talk about any concerns you have and to get help if you need it.

Get Help with Housework:

If you can, get help with housework and childcare. This will give you more time to take care of yourself. If you can’t get help with the cleaning, try to do a little bit each day and take breaks when you need them.

Join a Support Group:

If you’re struggling with your postpartum emotions, consider joining a support group. This can be a great way to connect with other parents and get the support you need.

Seek Professional Help:

It is estimated that one in seven women experience postpartum depression. If you feel depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, seek professional help. This is nothing to be ashamed of, and getting help can make a big difference.

Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to pamper yourself every now and then! Get a massage, have your nails done, or just treat yourself to something special. You deserve it!

Congratulations on your new addition! After nine months of carrying a little life inside you, it’s essential to take care of yourself as you begin this new journey. Following these tips will help get you started on the right foot. Remember that taking care of yourself is not only good for you but also for your baby. Enjoy this special time and take care of yourself!

6 Different Methods To Treat Your Conditions

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6 Different Methods To Treat Your Conditions

There are many different methods of treatment for conditions these days. With so much information available, it can be difficult to know which treatment is right for you. In this blog post, we will take a look at six different methods of treatment that you can discuss further with your doctor:

Traditional Medicine:

Traditional medicine has been around for centuries and is often the first line of defense against conditions. If you have a condition that can be treated with traditional methods, it is essential to discuss all of your options with your doctor before making a decision. Traditional medicine has its advantages and disadvantages. On one hand, it is often the most effective method of treatment available. On the other, it can be expensive and have side effects.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine:

CAM is often used in conjunction with traditional medicine. It is crucial to discuss CAM with your doctor before starting any new treatments, as some CAM therapies can interact with traditional medications. CAM is generally considered to be safe, but there are always risks involved with any type of treatment. Make sure you are fully informed about the risks and benefits of CAM before starting any new treatments.

Home Remedies:

Home remedies are often passed down from generation to generation and are a great way to treat minor conditions without seeing a doctor. However, it is essential to remember that home remedies are not always effective and can sometimes cause more harm than good. If you are considering using a home remedy, make sure you do your research first and consult with your doctor if you have any questions.

Natural Treatments:

Like home remedies, natural treatments are often passed down from generation to generation. However, not all natural treatments are safe or effective. In addition, some natural treatments can interact with traditional medications, so it is vital to be aware of these potential interactions before starting any new treatment.

Holistic Approaches:

Holistic approaches can include anything from meditation to aromatherapy. These therapies are often used in conjunction with traditional medicine. It is essential to discuss holistic approaches with your doctor before starting any new treatments, as some holistic therapies can interact with traditional medications. Holistic therapies are generally considered to be safe, but there are always risks involved with any type of treatment.

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Clinical Trials:

Clinical trials are an important part of developing new treatments for conditions. There are many practices and doctors who specialize in clinical trials and research, like Dr. Hanid Audish. Clinical trials can be beneficial, but they also involve risks. Make sure you are fully informed about the risks and benefits of clinical trials before making a decision.

These are just a few of the many different types of treatments available for conditions. The best way to find the right treatment for you is to talk to your doctor and make an informed decision based on all of your options. Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment, so what works for someone else may not work for you. The most important thing is to find a treatment that works for you and that you are comfortable with.

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Unsatisfied With Your Smile? Braces Could Be Right For You!

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Unsatisfied With Your Smile? Braces Could Be Right For You!

We are not sure about you, but one thing we have noticed a lot more lately is that adults seem to be wearing braces more and more than they used to. And that is awesome! We often have the tendency to assume that braces are purely for children, i.e. to correct your teeth so that they are not crooked later in life. However, this is simply not the case.

Braces can help people of all ages, as they can correct a wide range of issues like:

  • Jaw joint disorder
  • Crooked teeth
  • Incorrect jaw position
  • Cross-bites
  • Under-bites
  • Overbites
  • Crowded teeth

There are many different styles of braces to choose from:

If you need braces, you will have plenty of different options to choose from. There is something for everyone. When we think about braces, our minds tend to think about thick, metal bands. However, you can actually get invisible braces these days, which are known as Invisalign. These braces are to be removed whenever you eat, so they work slightly differently. The best thing to do is simply book an appointment with a dentist who will be able to talk you through all of the different options available and give you their professional opinion on the best solution for you.

It is about investing in your future smile:

Braces are all about investing in your future smile. Making changes today can help to make sure that you have a beautiful and healthy smile in the future. Plus, it is important to remember that braces are not only cosmetic. They can also help to prevent headaches, pain, and other dental issues that can occur when you do not rectify the issues you are experiencing at the moment. This is why it is always important to book a dental appointment sooner rather than later.

Finding the best dentist for braces:

Needless to say, you need to choose a dentist with care when it comes to treatments like this. You need someone with years of experience who has provided braces for people time and time before. You can read reviews that have been left by others to make sure the dentist you are considering has a good reputation for the services they provide. Some dentists also have images on their websites so that you can see before and after photos to make sure that the treatment has worked effectively.

If you are unhappy with the condition of your teeth and you think that you would benefit from braces, there is no harm in scheduling an appointment. We know that wearing braces can be intimidating but there really is nothing to worry about. You will look great!

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Health Checks To Add To Your Schedule

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Health Checks To Add To Your Schedule

We all want to take good care of our health and well being. Our bodies and our mind are what we experience the world through and we want to keep them in the best condition possible. But this is often easier said than done. Scheduling conflicts, work, and the like can all make scheduling regular health appointments an inconvenience.

What’s more inconvenient, however, are health issues going unchecked so do be sure to pencil in the following:

Dental Checks:

Booking a dentist appointment is essential once every six months. Use a reliable dental practice with plenty of qualified and professional dentists working for them. During your check up, your Dentist will be able to take a look around your mouth and notice any issues such as cavities, decay, or other dental problems. They can then book you in to resolve these problems if they do exist. If not, they can just pass you on to your hygienist, who will be able to clean your teeth thoroughly for you.

Eye Checks:

You should visit an optometrist once every two years. An eye check can help your optometrist to ensure that your vision is up to scratch and to identify any changes in your vision. They’ll be able to recommend prescriptions to you if you do require help with your vision. They can also take some time to look out for common eye health complaints such as glaucoma, cataracts, or even issues such as diabetes.

Cervical Screening:

If you have a cervix and are over the age of 25, you will need to attend cervical screening appointments. This process can also be called a “smear test” or a “pap smear”. If you are aged between 25 and 44, you will be asked to attend screening once every three years. If you are aged between 45 and 60, you will be asked to attend once every five years. The process is simple and, while some would describe it as uncomfortable, generally pain free. It helps to identify any abnormal cells in your cervix and could help to identify signs of cervical cancer in their early stages. This could be a life saving check so it really is important to schedule it in.

These are just three appointments to book but, hopefully, they’ll get the ball rolling when it comes to encouraging you to maintain good health practices!

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GOOD FOR ME!!

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GOOD FOR ME!!

Hello! In 2019, I had a major mishap with an oral surgery gone wrong which resulted in me not being able to eat for over a month. I still can’t see a bottle of Ensure without shuddering! Prior to this incident, I always hated going to the dentist but afterwards, I was even more fearful and flat out refused to go. After a lot of feet dragging, I ended up in the care of a wonderful periodontist who told me that we had a lot of work to do because my gums were in such bad shape.

Every visit to my new doctor was a little bit better than the last and I ended up buying the recommended tools to help me achieve better oral health. My first purchase was an electric toothbrush and while things had improved, we still weren’t there yet. Next, I bought my Waterpik (Which I love!) and have been using it diligently for the past half a year morning and night.

This past week, I had another appointment with my periodontist and I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t nervous. I thought that my mouth was doing better but, then again, I’ve thought that before and had less than impressive results to show for it. Which is why I could have burst into song when the hygienist took her first look at my teeth and gums and said that they were looking good!

Her confirmation of my hard work was the first time I had heard a compliment from someone in the dental health field in literal years and it felt great. My periodontist even said that I had come a very long way and if I keep up the good work, there is probably nothing more that they can do for me after my next few visits. Trust and believe that the hallelujah chorus was singing at full blast in my mind.

This may seem like a small accomplishment but it was huge for me and I felt so proud of myself. After such a traumatizing experience that resulted in trips to the ER and drinking water from a huge syringe, I vowed to never step foot in a dentist’s office again. My periodontist helped me get over my fear and I am so appreciative to him because I knew that my teeth and gums were in bad shape but he and his team never made me feel judged about it.

After leaving my appointment, I was walking on cloud nine because I got over a massive phobia and I had excellent results to show for it. I still have a ways to go but my gum health is no longer in the danger zone and it feels good to be taking much better care of myself. GOOD FOR ME!

Do you have any phobias? How did you overcome your fear? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Annual Checkups To Schedule Today

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Annual Checkups To Schedule Today

Even if you’re feeling healthy, it’s important to have regular checkups with your doctor. However, some annual checkups are more important than others and should never be neglected:

Your Physical Health:

During your physical, your doctor will examine your cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and other vitals. They may also do a screening for cancer or other diseases. If your doctor detects any problems, they can be treated early on before they have a chance to become more serious, which is why it’s so important to go every year.

Your Mental Health:

Your mental health is just as imperative as your physical health. During a mental health checkup, your doctor will assess your mood, anxiety levels, and overall mental health. If any problems are detected, they can be treated early on and recommendations can be made for the best way to go about it. Some people use things like marijuana and gummies to help them stay calm and reduce anxiety. The best Delta 9 gummies are great for that.

Your Dental Health:

During a dental checkup, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums for signs of disease or infection and determine whether or not you need dental implants. They may also do a screening for oral cancer. It is best to go to the dentist every six months for a good cleaning to keep your smile radiant.

Your Vision:

You should get a comprehensive eye exam every year. During an eye exam, your optometrist will check your eyes for signs of disease or infection. They may also do a screening for glaucoma and other eye diseases. Even if you think that your vision hasn’t changed, it is still good to go and make sure.

The Mammogram:

A mammogram is a screening test for breast cancer. It involves taking x-rays of your breasts. Mammograms are recommended for women over age forty, but younger women should also have them if they have a family history of breast cancer.

The Pap Smear:

A Pap smear is a test for cervical cancer. It involves taking a sample of cells from the cervix to check for signs of cancer. Women should have a Pap smear every three years until they reach age 65, and then they can stop having them unless they have other risk factors for cervical cancer.

While these are the most commonly recommended annual checkups, they are not the only ones you should consider. Talk to your doctor about what other screenings and tests you may need based on your age, health history, and risk factors. Make sure to schedule appointments for all of them every year!

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